Mrs Fusari will take you for a lesson today...and this is it! Please follow all directions and instructions carefully and listen closely to any additional instructions or feedback. If you have any questions please raise your hand and wait for Mrs Fusari or Miss Anderson to assist you :)
As you know we have been doing letter writing in class. I floated the idea of exchanging letters with some pen pals but have not been able to lock anything in until now.
I can now (finally) reveal we will be swapping letters with a class of Year 5/6 students in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Their school year runs differently to ours. In fact shortly they will be going on their long summer break - the same one we enjoy in January. However if we write our letters now they will be ready for the next class when they start back in July/August.
So what do we write to someone from Mexico that we have never met?
Well that is up to you...but here are some suggestions (read: directions) on how you could approach this task.
Take about 10-15 minutes to research the area of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This will give you some familiarity with the location in which our pen pals live. The following sites below might help you out in your quest:
Remember you can look up other sites too - these are just to get you started.
After about 15 minutes you need to start brainstorming some questions. Ideally you would want to include 3-5 questions in your letter (maybe more, maybe less). Think hard about these questions - this may be only time in your life you speak with someone from Mexico! So don't ask questions you could easily google or find out for yourself - ask something you are genuinely interested in.
Once you have finished these don't be afraid to share them with Mrs Fusari or Miss Anderson. They can give you feedback on their appropriateness.
If you get that far the next step is to begin drafting your letter. Just in case you've forgotten the format of a letter have a look below. When you are creating your greeting you can just use "Dear student", or "Dear fellow student" etc. for now :)
Maybe to finish you can offer to share some of the questions you would like answered. I will check your work this afternoon to see how everyone has done!